The Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC) has expertise partnering with DFC-funded communities to reduce alcohol use among youth and young adults.
The Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced funding for Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act Grants (STOP Act Grants), with applications due March 3, 2023.
The Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC) has extensive experience in partnering with communities to address norms regarding alcohol use by youth, implement strategies to reduce opportunities for underage drinking, and reduce negative consequences associated with underage drinking.
The CHSC can support you in the focus areas of STOP Act Grants: assessment, capacity building, planning, implementation, and evaluation efforts.
Assessment -- The CHSC has a multi-disciplinary team of researchers focused on developing and conducting surveys to assess cultural factors that influence underage drinking and substance use. These surveys are designed for students, school staff and teachers, parents, community members, healthcare providers, law enforcement, and alcohol retailers. Together, they provide a more accurate understanding of the social ecology influencing youth behaviors in a community.
Capacity building -- The CHSC can assist in building the capacity of your coalition, strengthening collaboration, and increasing engagement in preventing alcohol use among youth and young adults through in-person and virtual training opportunities and technical assistance.
Planning-- Communities often find that ongoing support and guidance from our specialists at the CHSC contribute to their success. Guide service offers a trained personal consultant to support efforts to improve the health and safety of communities. Through regular coordination and correspondence, our guide becomes familiar with your prevention initiatives and provides regular support through planning, assessment, implementation, and evaluation.
Implementation -- Prevention requires more than a program or strategy; improving health and safety is a process. The CHSC can help you manage and align a portfolio of strategies and develop the skills of leadership, communication, and integration, which are critical for effective implementation.
Evaluation – The CHSC has experts who can support the important work of evaluation. Using process and outcome evaluation techniques, the CHSC can help you gain valuable information about your efforts to reduce alcohol use among youth and young adults.